As I watched the ball drop, and heard the countdown, then hearing everyone celebrating in the new year, I had mixed feelings. With 2012 being a year of ups and downs, several changes – good & bad, spending much time soul searching, being still & waiting upon God, with His help healing in my recovery of codependency, finding myself, and yet not knowing what the future holds, I was glad 2012 was over, but a sense of fear and anxiety went through my mind of the “what if’s” that could happen in 2013. Then I sat down, journaled my thoughts and feelings, prayed, and realized I was allowing the fear of the unknown to try and take over my life with anxiety. But once I stopped the chaotic “what ifs”, and let my mind “be still”, and place my hope in our almighty God and His love and promises…
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God” — Philippians 4:6
“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” — Psalm 16:11
“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord make me dwell in safety.” — Psalm 4:7-8
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope, and a future.” — Jeremiah 29:11
…trusting in Him, not in myself, helped me change my attitude expecting instead many great blessings from above, physical, emotional and financial abundance, & making the choice to live life with hope, peace & joy in my life, having confidence in the one who is in control of everything, the one who has already won the battle, defeated death–loves me and those I love, cares for us, wants what’s best for us, and knows what that is — therefore, I choose to give God myself daily, asking Him to shine His love through me in whatever I do and say, to allow me the privilege to encourage others, pray for others, love others and leave them in good hands of their creator and loving heavenly Father. After journaling and praying my fears and feelings to our heavenly father, claiming His promises, and praising Him for His love, watch and care over me and those I love — it was just like Him to comfort me in what I was feeling through these words in the book, “God’s Abundance” (written in blue):
“…We all face challenges every year, yet some years seem more daunting than others. At those times, the future seems forbidding. The abundant life seems difficult to reach. Yet, I recognize now more than ever before, the need to press forward and live. Live fully. Live courageously. And most importantly, live without fear of continued suffering touching my life or the lives of those I love.
I recognize this life is peppered with pain and injustices of every sort–this is the human condition and none are immune from it. For me to hide myself away and allow part of life’s ills to immobilize me would be the saddest of tragedies. In truth, it would be the greatest irony of all–for the losses would be ever more compounded if I succumb.
So this year, I choose to put behind me the fears I feel about the unknown. I consciously decide to embrace the future, facing each circumstance with joyful expectancy and hopeful anticipation rather than with fearful pausing and hesitancy. I will live my life with the integrity which can only be earned by relinquishing my selfish securities and unattainable control over the mystery of life itself. I am determined to make this the best year yet!
What fears are you facing? Let God speak hope to your heart. He knows His plans for you and they are meant only for helping you grow in abundant living.”
Isn’t our God amazing? So, for those of you who had similar feelings when the new year rang in, I hope this blog has helped encourage you, and has given you the confidence to move forward in hope, peace & joy through the love of our creator and heavenly Father. With that I leave you several good quotes from others who opened their hearts and listened to our loving heavenly Father throughout their lives as well. God bless!
“The secret lies in how we handle today, not yesterday or tomorrow. Today…that special block of time holding the keys that locks out yesterday’s nightmares and unlocks tomorrow’s dreams.” — Charles Swindoll
“So often we pray and then fret anxiously, waiting for God to hurry up and do something. All the while God is waiting for us to calm down, so He can do something through us.” — Corrie Ten Boom
“The fierce grip of panic need not immobilize you. God knows no limitation when it comes to deliverance. Admit your fear. Commit it to Him. Dump the pressure on Him. He can handle it.” — Charles Swindoll
“Faith is having a positive attitude of what I can do, and not worrying at all about what I can’t do.” — Joyce Meyer
Jackie,my wonderful sister, thank you for always taking your struggles and sharing them with us. Your words speak to people and let them know they are not alone. Your resolution in life is impressive. You inspire and comfort people,including me, with your sharing. Thank you. I love you very much!!! Jeff White
Jeff, first, thank you for your encouraging comments. The main reason I write my feelings, good and bad, for others to read, is that if it helps encourage even one person out there in this world of ups and downs, to me it’s worth doing. For several years now, I’ve been inspired by Mother Theresa’s comment “We may not be able to do great things, but we can do little things with great love”, and my desire while here on this earth is to love and encourage others to know there is a hope for now and eternal life through our loving God. Being raised with the law as the main focus, did not work well, but coming to a realization of His grace and love as His word says, He came NOT to condemn the world but to save it, and knowing without Him I would not be here, I appreciate His love and grace and desire to let everyone I know, know of this hope, love, joy and peace He provides now into eternity. To hear that my blogs may help you and encourage you means the world to me as I have such respect and love for you as you have such a big heart and will do anything for anyone you see in need, and you inspire me with the love you provide for me and others around you. Thanks for being the best brother any sister could ever ask for, and a wonderful man with a great heart! I love you very much as well!!! (((hugs)))
Jackie, I am so thankful to have 2 children I can be very proud of & love so much. You & Jeff have been my life. The only one I take over you 2 is our great Lord & Saviour, Jesus Christ. It is because of His love, mercy & grace with you & Jeff to be where I am at this time in my life.
I appreciate so much the talent you have in wording what you want to share with others. You have been so encouraging to me. Thank you for allowing the Lord God to use you to minister to others. God Bless You, all my love Mother
Mom, thank you for commenting on my blog. I am very grateful I have been an encouragement to you, and I owe it all to you for your love and for your faith in the living God, who has made me what I am today. I can’t even imagine where my life would be without God in it. Through my ups and downs in life, I am humbled in appreciation of His love, grace, forgiveness & mercy. He has always been there for me. He is my solid rock and firm foundation, and will be for anyone who accepts His gift of mercy and grace. I just desire to spread the news of His love, mercy and forgiveness, so others may realize the peace and joy that only He can bring in our lives, for now and eternity. Thanks again mom, I love you!
Great , you are so gifted I love you soooo much
“Be JOYFUL always; PRAY continually; GIVE THANKS in all circumstances, for this is GOD’S WILL for YOU in Christ Jesus” (I Thess. 5:16-18)
Thank you Daddy-O. I love you too sooooo much (((hugs)))